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David Gehrig

David S. Gehrig

(415) 995-5063


David assists public agency clients with legal issues related to public works construction projects. His clients include water districts, wastewater agencies, community college districts, health care districts, cities, counties, and transit agencies. He has worked on numerous large-scale infrastructure projects, from the drafting of the contract specifications, through the bid process, to contract completion and claims resolution. He has considerable experience with contract award disputes, subcontractor substitution issues, bidder pre- qualification, and has successfully resolved several stop payment notice lawsuits for public agency clients.

Design-build and Alternative Project Delivery Methods

Design-build contracting is increasingly being recognized as a more effective project delivery method for public agencies. David has written papers and presented at conferences on this topic for a number of years, and has considerable recent experience on a number of large infrastructure projects. David is also familiar with the wider range of alternative project delivery methods, and has assisted clients with CM at Risk contracts, lease-leaseback contracts, and public-private partnership arrangements. He works closely with clients to identify which available project delivery methods are best suited for a particular project.

Water District General Counsel

David has served as general counsel to the Purissima Hills Water District for approximately 10 years. In that capacity, he has developed proficiency with open meeting laws, Public Records Act compliance, compliance with Proposition 218 requirements during rate increases, and compliance with emergency drought regulations issued by the California State Water Resources Control Board.

Prevailing Wage and Labor Code Compliance

David has considerable extensive experience with prevailing wage and Labor Code compliance issues. He has assisted agencies and contractors with resolving Civil Wage and Penalty Assessments issued by the California Department of Industrial Relations (DIR), including the revocation of a $6.4M Civil Wage and Penalty Assessment on behalf of a transit agency. David has also has guided public agencies through SB 854 requirements, and serves as legal counsel to an in-house Labor Compliance Program for a large transit district. For private clients, he has advised on prevailing wage compliance strategies and obtained several favorable prevailing wage coverage determinations from the DIR.


J.D. UC Law San Francisco (Formerly UC Hastings) ( 1995 )
B.A. with distinction University of Washington ( 1991 )

Admissions and Courts

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California


Infrastructure Practice Co-Leader

Pure Water Soquel Program (2 projects), Soquel Creek Water District

Regional Environmental Sewer Conveyance Upgrade Program (aka RESCU), Silicon Valley Clean Water

BioGeneration Project, Sacramento Regional County Sanitation District (Regional San)

Coyote Pumping Plant ASD Replacement Project, Santa Clara Valley Water District

Sepulveda Feeder Pump Stations Project, The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California

BART to Silicon Valley Phase 2, Tunnel / Trackwork Project, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority

Charles D. Meyer Desalination Plant, City of Santa Barbara

Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain)

California Special Districts Association, Public Contracting Expert Feedback Team

Design-Build Institute of America

Bar Association of San Francisco

"More Attorneys Are Jockeying for Public Projects," Daily Journal (June 2009)

German; Swiss German